Homeschooling With Dyslexia

This week’s Coffee With Carrie Podcast is an extension to “I Can’t Homeschool Because….” podcasts. A few weeks ago I attempted to debunk all of the “I Can’t Homeschool Because…” excuses I have heard over the years. Several myths needed a little extra attention:

  • I Can’t Homeschool Because …. I can’t afford it.
  • I Can’t Homeschool Because… my child is dyslexic (or has a learning “disorder.”

Last week, I spent time sharing ways to homeschool for free, how to homeschool on a tight budget, how to homeschool with one income, and/or how to homeschool as single mom. You can listen to PART ONE and PART TWO Here.

This week, I dig deep into how you CAN homeschool a child with dyslexia.

CLICK HERE to listen.

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resources mentioned in the podcast

The Art of Strewing

My new favorite word is Strewing.

I had no idea I was a master at Strewing until just recently.  

In the homeschooling community, there arises every few years a new catch-phrase or a new trend.  It looks like the new buzz word right now is Strewing.  And I love it!  I love the sound of it, I love saying it, and I love the fact it isn’t one more thing I need to add to my homeschooling repertoire.  That’s right, I don’t have to add it because I have been strewing all of these years and never even knew it.  And you, too, are probably a master of strewing and didn’t even realize it.

So what is Strewing?

The dictionary defines strewing as “to spread or to scatter.” So picture your home environment as a place for much strewing! Like I said, some of us already do this without even realizing it.  I have stuff (not necessarily school stuff) strewed about everywhere! My husband calls it a mess but now I just call it strewing!

Strewing is the process of laying out or scattering interesting items around your home for your kids to discover. These items can be anything that brings delight and a sense of wonder to your child. We know that children have a natural curiosity that helps them discover and navigate their world.  As homeschooling moms, we want to foster this curiosity.  Strewing can help our kids discover new interests or dive deeper into topics they already find fascinating. It is all about intentionally creating a learning-rich environment.  Strewing is an amazing way to inspire your child’s natural curiosity.  We can strew items as invitations to explore and to pique our children’s natural curiosity. And don’t worry, strewing can be done in very simple ways and it doesn’t have to be expensive either!

Adopt the art of strewing to ignite your children’s passions and to whet their appetites. Strewing is also a way to search for the spark in your child! God knitted each of our children together. He knows exactly what your child will love and will be passionate about. He knows what his gifts and strengths will be and how your child can use those passions and gifts for the Kingdom of God. Strewing is a way to spark their curiosity,  ignite their passions and whet their appetites for goodness, beauty, and truth.

Have I piqued your curiosity? Is my “strewing” working? Then join me for this week’s Coffee With Carrie Podcast, “The Art of Strewing”


RESOURCES MENTIONED IN Art of Strewing & Summertime Strewing PODCAST

The Sabbath Principle: How to Apply to Your Homeschooling

We had such a great time at our annual Special Weekend for Homeschooling Moms back in March! It was so much fun seeing familiar faces, reconnecting with old friends, and meeting a few new friends. Since our main goal of the event each year is to give moms a much-needed break filled with fellowship with like-minded homeschooling moms, our event was in person! The sessions are great but the best advice and encouragement happen during breaks between the moms at each table. We didn’t feel streaming it live would have the same impact. However, many of you came up to after each session and asked if I could share the sessions on upcoming podcasts for their friends who were not able to attend. So this week, our podcast is a re-recording of our second session on Saturday morning, “How to Apply the Sabbath Principle to Your Homeschooling.”

In this session (and podcast), I share just a few tidbits from the first section of my book, Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee): Homeschool in Step with God. But the majority of this session were stories and lessons learned after the book was published and during this crazy Covid year of survival schooling. Since I was able to re-record it, I was also able to add a few extra tips, stories, and advice that I didn’t have time to share at our conference.

Since this podcast was longer than most CWC podcasts, we split it into two episodes: Part 1 and Part 2.


I hope you enjoy it and I hope it encourages you in practical ways to rest on the Lord! If it blesses you, please share it with a friend who needs a little “Sabbath” in her home and homeschooling.

Check back next week for Part 2

If you enjoy this week’s podcast, you will love Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee): Homeschool in Step with God!


What’s in Your Creative Writing Toolbox?

NEW PODCAST! Creative Writing Toolbox (Part 1 & 2)

Creative writing toolbox? What toolbox? I fly by the seat of my pants when it comes to writing!

Creative writing? What’s that? We are so busy following our strict writing curriculum we never have time for creative writing?

You have a toolbox? What’s in it? I’m always running out of ideas of things to write about?

If one, some or all of these questions sound like you, keep reading! Then listen to this week’s Coffee With Carrie Podcast, “Creative Writing Toolbox.” Then go back to Season One of CWC and listen to the episode, “Writing Lessons: YOU Can Do It!”

I like to refer to my creative writing activities as my “toolbox.” My goal is to not only help my children become competent writers but more importantly, I want my children to love the creative writing process and to appreciate the value of creative writing process. I am “building” creative thinkers, persuasive speakers, and eloquent writers. Like you, I run out of ideas and steam so it is nice to have a “toolbox” handy with ideas, activities, and resources I can just pull out and use on any give day for any given problem.

The basic tools in my creative writing toolbox are the following:

  • Daily Journal Writing
  • Story Starters
  • Writing Prompts
  • Story Titles
  • List Making Suggestions
  • Questions and “Which is Better”/ “What If”
  • Creative Writing Games and Word Games
  • Wordless Picture Books
  • Photographs of interesting doors, gates, bridges, and houses
  • Landscape Pictures
  • Lots of food
  • Poetry exercises
  • Fairytales, Fables, and Tall Tales
  • Meaningful Writing activities (birthday cards, thank you cards, invitations, emails, etc)

Over the years, I have collected writing prompt resources and story starter ideas, websites, and games. I record simple and thought-provoking questions to ask and ideas for lists. I keep on hand picture books, poetry books, and wordless picture books and read aloud all kinds of fables, fairytales, myths, and tall tales for inspiration. I collect interesting photographs of people, places, and things. I never seem to run out of writing prompts or activities with my handy dandy toolbox full of ideas, activities, games, and books.

The main goal is to WRITE SOMETHING (anything….) EVERY DAY!

A goal like that might sound daunting but not if you have a creative writing toolbox.

For ideas on how to use the tools listed above, LISTEN to this week and next week’s Coffee With Carrie Podcast.

All of the resources mentioned in “Creative Writing Toolbox (Part 1 and 2)” are listed below. Also check out Coffee With Carrie on Instagram. Many of the activities mentioned in this episode are shared in past posts. After you read them, don’t forget to save them for future reference.


resources mentioned in the podcast

The “Writing Lessons: YOU Can Do It!” Coffee With Carrie Podcast

Coffee With Carrie on Instagram (Writing Idea Posts)

642 Big Things to Write About: Young Writer’s Edition: (Writing Prompt Journal for Kids) by Valencia

Wreck this journal! By Keri Smith

3 Minute Gratitude Journal for Kids by Modern Kid Press

Fun Journal Prompts for Kids by June and Lucy Kids

A Question a Day Journal for Kids: 365 Days to Capture Memories and Express Yourself by Mary Anne Kochenderfer

Story Starters: Creative Writing Prompts for Kids Online Game

The Story Telling Game by Heather Collins

Read My List! Game by Educational Insights

Apples to Apples by Mattel

Tall Tale Story Telling Board Game

Once Upon A Time Card Game

Rory’s Story Cubes

Rhyme Out! Game by Educational Insights

Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

GoodNight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

Tuesday by Weisner

The Journey by Becker

Good Dog  Carl by Alexandra Day

The Red Book by Lehman

Real Story of the Three little Pigs by Jon Scieska

The Other Side of the Story:  Fairytales with a Twist by Eric Braun

Katie and the Sunflowers by James Meyhew (and the Katie Series)

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (Personification)

The Tale of the Three Trees by Angela Hunt (Personification)

Aesop Fables

Pourquoi Tales (or Origin Stories) for daily photographs

Tom Swiftly Puns

Hinky Pink Riddles

Celebrating Holy Week

NEW PODCAST: Celebrating Holy Week

This coming Sunday begins the most solemn and important week of the year.  

It is Holy Week, a week we remember the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior.  Our entire Christian faith and our blessed hope of eternal life rests entirely on the events of this coming week. 
Paul reminds us “And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.”

God began the plan at the beginning of time in the Garden when He promised that he would put enmity between Satan and the woman, between his offspring and hers; that the savior would crush the enemy’s head. The prophets of the OT foretold of a coming Messiah who would rule righteously forever and forever but who would come first to save his people from their sins.  John the Baptist preached that the Messiah had come and was in their midst  and Jesus himself revealed through actions, words, and miracles that he was indeed the Messiah promised by God.  

Our faith, our lives, our existence, and our eternal hope rest completely on this week, on the death and resurrection of Jesus.  It is a solemn week but also a week of celebration. During Holy Week, take a break from the “usual” to do something special.

In this week’s Coffee With Carrie Podcast, I share simple Bible readings you can read and simple activities you can do as a family each day during Holy Week. So take a break. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and join me for a little coffee break this week. After this week’s episode, you will have several ideas of how to make Holy Week impactful and special. You do NOT need the items mentioned in this week’s podcast, however, I did list them below with links in case you want to include them.

Happy Easter! He is risen! He is risen indeed!



DK Illustrated Bible, 2013

The Children’s Story Bible by Catherine Vos

Resurrection Eggs by Family Life

Benjamin’s Box: The Story of the Resurrection Eggs by Melody Carlson

Cross Made Out of Palm Branches: Youtube Directions

Recipe for Simple Hot Cross Buns

Butterfly Garden and live Caterpillars

Homemade Resurrection Eggs:

8 or 9 Plastic Eggs, piece of a palm branch, piece of bread (or cracker), 3 dimes, a thorn or nail, a wooden cross, a little pebble or stone, and a piece of cloth. Leave one egg empty for Easter.

Good Friday Symbolic Lunch:

Place on each plate the following:

  • a few olives (Mt. Olives and Garden of Gethsemane)
  • a purple Hersey Kiss (Judas’ kiss)
  • 3 hard boiled eggs or 3 strips of chicken (Peter’s denial and cock crowing)
  • 3 candies (or anything you want) wrapped in foil (30 pieces of silver)
  • 2 pretzel sticks in the shape of a cross
  • a few salt and vinegar chips (gall or vinegar given at the cross)
  • Ritz cracker with spread peanut butter. Add broken pretzel pieces to the edges to create a crown of thorns